Aston Villa boss Unai Emery to warn Emi Martinez to ‘control his emotions’ after controversial World Cup celebrations

UNAI EMERY is set to chat with Emiliano Martinez about ‘managing your emotions’ after his controversial World Cup celebrations.

The goalkeeper will report back to Aston Villa on Thursday after a week of partying with his team-mates in Argentina following Sunday’s dramatic final.

Emiliano Martinez's World Cup celebrations are controversial


Emiliano Martinez’s World Cup celebrations are controversialPhoto credit: Reuters
Unai Emery will warn Martinez not to contain his emotions


Unai Emery will warn Martinez not to contain his emotionsPhoto credit: Getty

Martinez’s antics on penalties propelled his country to victory over France.

But the 30-year-old, who will miss the Boxing Day clash between Villa and Liverpool, has come under fire for crossing the line with his behavior since.

The French FA yesterday filed an official complaint with Argentina over Martinez’s taunting of Kylian Mbappe.

Emery said: “I’m going to talk to him because I want to talk to him about controlling his emotions.

“When I knew him at Arsenal, he said to me at that moment: ‘I want to be Argentina’s first goalkeeper.’ He has achieved it.

“The last time I met him here I was talking about his ambition and he told me he wanted to be the best goalkeeper in the world.

“I want players like that. His mind is so strong.

“Maybe his celebration, the reason, comes from that.

“A player like Emiliano, when we can control him, with a good balance between winning and losing and great emotions, he’s the best Emiliano we can have.”

Although initially offering consolation, Mbappe, who scored a hat-trick in the game and scored again in the shoot-out, Martinez was filmed calling for a “minute’s silence” for the striker in the Argentina dressing room after the game.

And during their open-top bus tour of Buenos Aires, he was spotted carrying a toy doll with the French striker’s face taped onto it.

The president of the French FA, Noel Le Graet, fumed: “I wrote to my counterpart from the Argentine FA.

“I find these excesses in connection with a sporting competition abnormal and find them difficult to understand.

“This goes too far. Mbappe’s behavior was exemplary.”

And French Sport Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera said: “I do not rule out discussing this with my counterpart.

“I find it all pretty pathetic.”

After beating Holland on penalties in the quarter-finals, penalty specialist Martinez claimed that ‘useless’ Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz wanted Argentina to lose the game ‘because Spain were eliminated’.

And he taunted Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal on the pitch after the win, later saying to “shut up” for saying his side would be favorites if the game went to penalties.

Martinez celebrated at home in Argentina


Martinez celebrated at home in ArgentinaPhoto credit: AFP

Martinez also made a rude gesture after being awarded the World Cup Golden Glove.

And yesterday, speaking to fans in his hometown of Mar del Plata, Martinez aimed a bang at French midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni – who missed a penalty in the final after the goalkeeper rolled the ball away so he could retrieve it.

Martinez said: “I knew the kid was tense and that he was going to lose his mind, so I provoked him.

“I tried to play him mentally by throwing the ball away and talking to him. he f* it all.”

Martinez will face French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris – his opponent in the final – on his return to Villa at Tottenham on January 1.

Emery says it’s important that players show dignity and sportsmanship.

Emery added: “We can’t really know how these things happen in the moments. When you win you are in the highest emotion possible.

“It may be difficult to control a situation you have lived in before with the opposition.

“I prefer to focus on how he did and how he will win with us afterwards.

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“We need values. We have to focus the behavior with ourselves when we are together and with the opposing players.

“We can speak 90 percent of very good things, to be very proud of him, of his performance, of his victory.” Aston Villa boss Unai Emery to warn Emi Martinez to ‘control his emotions’ after controversial World Cup celebrations


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